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Jay, John (1817-1894) Free Democratic Address to the People of the State of New York.

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02383 Author/Creator: Jay, John (1817-1894) Place Written: New York, New York Type: Broadside Date: October 1854 Pagination: 1 p. ; 38 x 24 cm.

Summary of Content: Anti-slavery broadside signed in type by John P. Hale, Hiram Barney and John Jay, the New York Politician and descendant of the earlier John Jay, as a committee appointed by the State Convention of the Free Democracy. Urges support for anti-Nebraska candidates in forthcoming elections. "The Nebraska bill passed the senate at midnight, amid oaths and drunken insolence desecrating that once august chamber...With the passage of the bill that removed the landmark of freedom, and opened our western territories to the curse of slavery..."

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...The Nebraska bill passed the senate at midnight, amid oaths and drunken insolence desecrating that once august chamber; and later it was passed in the house by a ...violation of its rules so audacious, that in an ordinary case would of itself have alarmed the country. But connected with the Nebraska swindle, it attracted comparatively little attention...

...With the passage of the bill that removed the land landmark of freedom, and opened our western territories to the curse of slavery...

...Let each citizen, who has felt the insult and wrong of the Nebraska perfidy, remember his personal responsibility and swell by his vote that record of condemnation which, gathering from state to state, is about to fill Congress with honest representatives, who will convince the slave power that 'there is a North'...
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People: Jay, John, 1817-1894
Hale, John Parker, 1806-1873
Barny, Hiram, fl. 1854

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Subjects: African American HistorySlaveryPoliticsDemocratic PartyAbolitionReform MovementWestward ExpansionCongressLawAlcoholFreedom and Independence

Sub Era: Age of Jackson

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